Tucker Bartlett is an Executive Vice-President at Self-Help Ventures Fund and since 2010 has overseen commercial and small business lending, residential and commercial real estate development and secondary market and direct home lending. Through the management of these departments, Tucker is responsible for approximately 65 employees and $1.5 billion in total assets. Self-Help is one of the nation’s largest community development financial institutions and since 1980, has worked towards its mission of helping low-wealth people and communities create wealth. He also worked for Self-Help from 2003 through 2006 when he was Director of Commercial Real Estate Development and Lending. Tucker coordinated the development and asset management of Self-Help’s 17 building/650,000 square foot commercial real estate portfolio. Tucker also managed a portfolio of approximately $50 million in commercial real estate loans that financed commercial development in low-income areas.
Prior to returning to Self-Help, Tucker was the Chief Operating Officer of Scientific Properties, a commercial real estate firm based in Durham, NC. Tucker joined Scientific Properties in 2006 as a Development Manager responsible for the $27 million renovation of Golden Belt, a historic textile mill converted into a mixed-use development focused on the arts and creative office and living space. In September of 2008, he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer and under his leadership. Scientific Properties increased the amount of leased space in its portfolio by more than 60% and grew revenue from $1 million in 2007 to nearly $4 million in 2010. In his role as COO, Tucker oversaw Scientific Properties’ projects which included a development pipeline of over two million square feet.
As an expert in the financing of historic revitalization projects in low-income areas, Tucker speaks frequently at conferences across the country about urban real estate development and the use of Historic Rehabilitation and New Market Tax Credits. Other work experience includes time as a Small Business Development Agent in Benin, West Africa for the U.S. Peace Corps and as a Financial Analyst for NationsBank’s multinational corporate finance unit.
Tucker is also a leader in the community. Currently, he serves on the governing boards for Triangle Community Foundation, Downtown Durham, Inc., the Durham Arts Council, and CAHEC, and he serves on the Community Advisory Boards for Cherokee Investment Partners Brownfield Revitalization, Durham YMCA and KIPP Durham College Prep Charter.
Tucker graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Masters in Regional Planning and a Masters in Business Administration in May 2003. He was awarded the American Institute of Certified Planners Outstanding Student from the Department of City and Regional Planning and earned the distinction of being a Dean’s Scholar from the UNC business school. Tucker lives near downtown Durham with his wife Katy and their children Sam and Lily. He enjoys coaching youth soccer, hiking, and cheering on the Tar Heels.